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Film still• Friday 4 October for 2 weeks

BLUE JASMINE (12A)

(US 2013) dir. Woody Allen 98m. Digital.
Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard.

Witty about social pretensions, eloquent about failure & loss, acerbic about family life, BLUE JASMINE is Woody Allen on peak form and one of the year's finest movies. Brought to sizzling life by Cate Blanchett, Jasmine is a woman on the verge of becoming incapable of living in the world. After everything in her life has fallen to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), this elegant New York socialite moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. Past and present lives intertwine as Jasmine tries to pick up the pieces, both romantic and financial, whilst still clinging on to her fantasy world of effortless, extravagant wealth. The final outcome will be nothing less than startling. Whether as modern morality tale or absorbing character study, this is great drama with enough laughs to underline the real tragedy that lies beneath.

N.B. The Tuesday 15 October 6.30 show will have subtitles for the Hard of Hearing

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Film still• Friday 18 October for 1 week

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN (15)

(Belgium/Netherlands 2012) dir. Felix van Groeningen 112m. Subtitles. Digital.
Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg.

The great Bluegrass music which punctuates this European award-winning triumph, goes from joyous foot-stomping tunes to heart-wrenching ballads as it tells of the relationship of singer Elise and tattoo artist Didier from the passionate intensity of love at first sight to grief-ridden devastation. It’s an attraction of opposites: He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. And with great warmth, THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN brilliantly captures their loving, laughing, fighting and grieving in all its emotional complexity. The much tattooed Veerle Baetens is magnificently moving as Elise alongside the equally terrific Johan Heldenbergh as Didier. Felix van Groeningen’s truthful film is as uniquely different as the version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” that it features. Prepare to be moved.

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Film still• Friday 25 October for 1 week

THE SELFISH GIANT (15)

(UK 2013) dir. Clio Barnard 91m. Digital.
Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Steve Evets, Lorraine Ashbourne.

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” A re-imagining of an Oscar Wilde children’s story by the director of the much acclaimed THE ARBOR combines social realism and poetic allegory. Arbor and Swifty are two young lads growing up far too quickly midst urban deprivation. When they discover they can make serious cash by pinching bits of metal and selling them to the local scrapyard, they begin to believe a better world can be theirs. But their search for the precious metal, whist providing some hilarious moments of black comedy, become increasingly hazardous... Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas brilliantly create two entirely believable characters whose friendship rings consistently true on every level and director Clio Barnard tells a moving tale boldly and clearly. A triumph.

N.B. The Tuesday 29 October 6.45 show will have subtitles for the Hard of Hearing

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Film still• Friday 1 November for 1 week

PHILOMENA (12A)

(UK 2013) dir. Stephen Frears 98m. Digital.
Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Anna Maxwell Martin.

Two unlikely fellow travellers come face to face with some long-buried secrets in touching, often funny, true story of grave injustice and a mother’s search for closure. Martin Sixsmith, A world- weary political journalist and ex-spin doctor picks up the story of Philomena’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. The unlikely pair are beautifully played by Judi Dench as the down-to-earth, generous and warmhearted Philomena and the film’s producer and co-writer Steve Coogan as the superior and cynical Sixsmith. Stephen Frears directs with a delicacy and restraint that brings out the comedy and the emotion. Warm, compassionate and gently challenging, what’s not to enjoy?

N.B. The Tuesday 5 November 6.30 show will have subtitles for the Hard of Hearing

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Film still • Friday 8 November for 2 weeks

GRAVITY 3D (12A)

(US 2013) dir. Alfonso Cuarón 91m. Digital.
George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Ed Harris.

From the infinite, unforgiving and claustrophobic realm of deep space comes a heart-pounding thriller. Out there somewhere are a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission and a veteran astronaut. On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. For his first film since CHILDREN OF MEN in 2007, director Alfonso Cuarón has come up with a virtuoso technical achievement and a poetic portrait of hope and survival that combine to make a powerfully visceral cinematic experience. But even technical marvels and high tension epics need good performances and both George Clooney and Sandra Bullock deliver pitch-perfect ones. It’s a towering achievement, astounding and terrifying in equal measure, and a fantastic showcase of new possibilities. One of the films of the year.

N.B. The Tuesday 12 and 19 November 6.45 shows will have subtitles for the Hard of Hearing

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Film still• Friday 22 November for 2 weeks

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (18)

(France 2013) dir. Abdellatif Kechiche 175m. Subtitles. Digital.
Adele Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux, Salim Kechiouche, Mona Walravens, Jeremie Laheurte.

The controversial 2013 Palme d’Or winner, with the prize going to both the director and the two leading actors for the first time. It was also the first winning movie to be based on a graphic novel, Julie Maroh’s ‘Le Bleu Est Une Couleur Chaude.’ And graphic the sprawling, emotionally absorbing tale of young love from the Franco-Tunisian director of COUSCOUS, Abdellatif Kechiche, it certainly is. Adolescent angst, class discrimination and thwarted love are explored in the story of the beginning, middle and possible end of a lesbian couple’s relationship. Newcomer Adele Exarchopoulos captures all the agony and ecstasy of a first affair and Lea Seydoux magnificently combines control with moments of stunning ferocity. Epic, intimate, erotic, uncompromising, passionate, poignant and unmissable.

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